Angel’s six decades of lay service
In 1943 an 18 year old youth stepped into the pulpit of Kaiwarra Methodist Church in Wellington to preach his first sermon. Since that day many parishes in Wellington, Kapiti and the Wairarapa
have been blessed by the preaching of Alton Angel.
Alton recalls travelling in the 1940s to Eketahuna on a Saturday night, and on Sunday leading services at three preaching places at 11a.m., 2p.m., and 7p.m.
Alton received his lay preacher's certificate on 15th October 1946 and at about that time became a member of Ward Memorial Church, Northland, which was part of the Wellington West Methodist Parish. He continued his association there until 1994 when that parish amalgamated with the Presbyterians of Karori to form what is now St. Ninian's Uniting Congregation, where he is still involved in leading worship.
On 15th July, at a Bible Sunday service, Alton was presented with a certificate to acknowledge 60 years as a lay preacher, just before he preached the sermon. Without doubt he is one of the longest serving lay preachers in the history of the MCNZ.
St Ninian’s minister Rev Neil Keesing says Alton received congratulations and thanks for his dedicated and faithful service to his Lord and the Church since preaching his first sermon 64 years ago.